Injury to key midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and a late withdrawal by star forward Victor Osimhen has left Eagles gaffer Gernot Rohr with a huge task ahead of his first game in 11 months when Nigeria takes on two of Africa’s most ranked teams.
AOIFootball.com however takes you through how they performed over the weekend, with plenty of worry for Rohr about the inactiveness of his goalkeepers going into the two clashes.
Maduka Okoye: He was rooted to the bench for the entire match duration when his Sparta Rotterdam side produced a second-half miracle to draw 4-4 at home to AZ Alkmaar.
The 19-year-old is yet to feature in any competitive game since his move in the summer, his last being a 2-1 friendly loss against Borussia Dortmund in August.
Dele Alampasu: The former Golden Eaglets goalkeeper was also on the bench for the entire match duration when his FK Ventspils side played out a 1-1 draw at home to Valmiera FK.
Unlike his compatriot Maduka, Alampasu has enjoyed more playing time this campaign, featuring in 8 games across all competitions.
Mattew Yakubu: The SKF Sered goalkeeper was in action for the entire match duration and stood tall between the sticks to earn his side a point against MFK Zemplin.
William Troost-Ekong: The Super Eagles vice-captain was on the bench for the entire match duration, failing to make his debut for new club Watford as they lost 1-0 away at Reading in the Championship.
Kenneth Omeruo: The former Chelsea defender looks set to stay at Leganes as he produced yet another solid performance, featuring for the entire 90 in their 2-0 loss away at CD Castellon.
Leon Balogun: He stood tall at the heart of the defence for Glasgow Rangers keeping his 3rd clean sheet of the campaign as they defeated Ross County 2-0 to stay top of the log going into the International break.
Semi Ajayi: The lanky defender was again on the losing side, featuring for the entire 90 minutes as his West Bromwich Albion side lost 2-0 away at the Saint Mary’s to Southampton.
Chidozie Awaziem: He was as in action for the entire match duration producing an above-average performance for Boavista in their 1-1 draw away at Moreirense.
Jamilu Collins: The left-back was not listed by Paderborn in their German Bundesliga 2 game when they drew goalless away at FC Heidenheim.
Ola Aina: The new Fulham acquisition was on for his EPL debut, featuring for the entire match duration in their painful 1-0 loss away at Wolverhampton.
Zaidu Sanusi: He was on the bench for the entire match duration as his Porto side suffered their first defeat of the season, losing a shock 2-3 at home to Maritimo.
Tyronne Ebuehi: He was brought into the squad as a replacement for injured Wilfred Ndidi and the full-back continued his impressive start to life at new club FC Twente featuring for 90 minutes in their 1-1 draw at home to FC Emmen.
Samson Tijani: The former U-17 skipper had a weekend to forget in Austria as he went against his parent club R.B. Salzburg but could however do little to help TSV Hartberg as they lost 7-1.
Mikel Agu: He was again in fantastic form for Vitoria Guimarães and helped them to their first win of the campaign following a 1-0 win over Pacos de Ferreira.
Frank Onyeka: He was not listed for FC Midtjylland as they held AC Horsens to a 2-2 draw over the weekend.
Moses Simon: he featured for 69 minutes in FC Nantes 2-1 loss away at OGC Nice.
Alex Iwobi: The former Arsenal star proved his critics wrong once again as he came off the bench to bag his first assist in the league to help table-toppers Everton continue their bright start following a 4-2 win over Brighton.
Samuel Kalu: The winger heads into the national team as one of the most on-form Eagle as he scored his second goal of the season to help Bordeaux to a 3-0 win over Dijon.
Cyriel Dessers: He came off the bench in the second half for KRC Genk in their 1-1 draw away at Waasland-Beveren with Dessers featuring for 35 minutes.
Kelechi Iheanacho: The former Manchester City youth product was a second-half substitute for Leicester City but could do little to help their cause as they slumped to a shock 3-0 loss against West Ham.
Samuel Chukwueze: He also came off the bench in the closing stages for Villareal as they drew goalless away at Atletico Madrid.
Chidera Ejuke: The pacy winger barely kicked the ball after he came on in additional time for CSKA Moscow in their 2-0 away win at the Ural.
Paul Onuachu: A late call up for star striker Victor Osimhen, the on-form lanky forward scored yet again at the weekend for Genk to take his tally of the season to 7 goals.